Blue Angels Pilot Safe After Crash Off Panhandle

Military officials said today that the Blue Angel pilot who safely ejected from his jet yesterday is one of three new members of the Navy's six-plane precision flying team.

Lieutenant Ted Steelman of Star, Idaho, was rescued from the Gulf of Mexico after his F-A-18 Hornet crashed during a training flight off Perdido Key, a barrier island on the Florida-Alabama border.

Blue Angels officials said a Navy helicopter plucked Steelman from the water and he arrived at the Pensacola Naval Medical Center in very good condition. He was evaluated and then released from the hospital later that day.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Blue Angels are based at Pensacola Naval Air Station.